Category Archives: Aviation

A Sesquicentennial Reached: Happy 150th birthday to Wilbur Wright!

150 years ago today Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) was born on a farm near New Castle, Indiana. Take a moment to look skyward and, as you see an airplane pass over, wish Wilbur a happy 150th birthday. Enjoy a few photographs … Continue reading

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“First Time for Everything”

Story by Kyle Thede, SC&A intern and Public History graduate student Lieutenant Fairchild was still humming the familiar refrain of “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” though the constant howl of the wind rushing past his open cockpit drowned out any … Continue reading

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Flying Blind: The Army’s First Night Fighters of World War II

By Kyle Thede, SC&A intern and Public History graduate student In the spring of 1942, only months into the United States’ involvement in World War II, the Army Air Forces were taking steps into uncharted territory. While Britain’s Royal Air … Continue reading

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